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"What I Shouldn't Have Done"
National roller skater Chung Chul-won (27-Andong City Hall), who lost his gold medal after a hasty gimmick allowed him to be overtaken before he even entered the final, has apologized again for his frivolous behavior as an athlete.
"In the final race of the 3000m team event at the Asian Games, I was right in front of the finish line and did a ceremony without doing my best until the end," Chung said on his social networking site (SNS) on Friday, adding, "I'm sorry."
"It was a frivolous behavior that should not be done as an athlete," he said, "and I sincerely apologize to the athletes I competed with and the many people who supported the national team."
"I sincerely regret and reflect on my actions that I did not do my best to the end as a player representing the country," he said, adding, "I will always strive to be a player who does his best to the end as a player representing the country."
Earlier in the day, Chung was upset by Chinese Taipei just before crossing the finish line in the men's roller skating 3000m relay final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Qiantang Rollersports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
In anticipation of winning the gold medal, Chung raised his arms in the air in front of the finish line, but the Taiwanese athlete behind him stuck out his left foot and crossed the finish line first.
South Korea's final time was 4:05.702, just 0.01 seconds behind Chinese Taipei (4:05.692).
"My mistake was too big," Chung apologized after receiving his silver medal at the ceremony, "I'm sorry to my (fellow) athletes, and I'm sorry to the many people who supported me."
Friday, October 6, 2023